TV offers music and comedy on New Year's Eve

December 31, 1990|By Knight-Ridder News Service

Don't think of it as being stuck at home on New Year's Eve. Think of it as a chance to broaden your cultural, musical and sociological horizons.

Here are New Year's Eve's TV highlights and lowlights.

"Don't Fall Down: Stand Up on New Year's Eve," the Comedy Channel, 6 a.m. Monday to 7 a.m. Wednesday. Clips of famous, about-to-be-famous and obscure comics.

"1990 Rerun Countdown," Nickelodeon, 11:30 a.m. to midnight. Casey Kasem introduces favorite episodes of "My Three Sons," "Mr. Ed," "Dobie Gillis" and more.

"MTV's Top 100 Videos of the Year," MTV, 1 p.m. At 11:30 p.m., the "New Year's Eve World Party" features Wilson Phillips, Cinderella, Vanilla Ice and Bon Jovi.

"The Tonight Show," Channel 2, 11:30 p.m. Jay Leno hosts. The show features the night's best music, with blues great B. B. King and cool country guy Dwight Yoakam. Includes coverage from Times Square.

"Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve," Channel 13, 11:30 p.m. Despite the name, this is traditionally the least "rockin' " of the New Year's specials. Scheduled performers include Bell Biv DeVoe, the Beach Boys and Nelson. Dick Clark shivers out in Times Square for the countdown.

"Happy New Year America, 1991," Channel 11, 11:30 p.m. Party band Kid Creole and the Coconuts and James Ingram hang out at New York's Waldorf-Astoria, New Jersey country-western singer Eddie Rabbit performs in a taped segment, Terry Bradshaw and Mark McEwen do Times Square.

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